Silvia of Sweden: Open words about her mother’s illness

Silvia of Sweden (76) is queen and thus practically the mother of an entire country. She does not have to pretend, because the wife of King Carl Gustaf (74) is also an absolute family man in her private life. Her children and grandchildren mean everything to her, and the native German loved her parents beyond measure. She now revealed in an interview that she gave to the Swedish magazine “Vaardfokus” on the occasion of her 77th birthday this year (December 23), in which she mainly spoke about her mother Alice Sommerlath († 90).

A few weeks ago, Silvia lost her brother Walther Sommerlath († 86). At her first appearance after his death, the grief was written on her face, as you can see in the video above.

Queen Silvia would have liked to have helped her sick mother Alice Sommerlath better

Alice suffered from Alzheimer’s and was cared for by her daughter in Sweden during her final months. Silvia brought her mother from Germany to live with her in autumn 1996 and looked after her until her death in March 1997. As she now admitted, however, she wished she had dealt more with the subject of Alzheimer’s by then. “Perhaps I could have saved my mother certain situations if I had known more back then,” the queen confesses.

In the video below you can see what it looks like in the Royal Palace in Stockholm:


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“Then I would never have tried to show her how to sew cross stitches. It’s almost an insult to a person who has done this all their life and knows that their own child suddenly shows how to make the simplest stitch . I could have helped her not to feel like a child. I believe that many (Alzheimer’s patients, note. d. Red.) feel that way. “Since her mother’s death, Silvia has dealt very intensively with the disease. She now knows much better how to deal with those affected.

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Even for Silvia’s children – Victoria (43), Carl Philip (41) and Madeleine (38) – it was not easy to live with the demented grandma at the time. The three were very young and didn’t understand what Alzheimer’s was. “It was difficult to explain why grandma said strange things,” says Silvia about the difficult time. Today, your children also know better about the disease, after all, they have followed their mother’s longstanding commitment to this issue. In 1996, the year she brought her sick mother to her home, Silvia set up the “Silviahemmet” foundation. Its aim is to accompany and care for people with dementia and their relatives. In addition, the Queen opened a special retirement home for seniors with dementia.

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